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Never-seen-before McCook photos included in album donated to museum

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McCook family albumA family heirloom will become part of the McCook House collection May 18 when the museum opens for the summer season.

A McCook Family photo album featuring never before seen photos will be presented at 1 p.m. as a permanent display in McCook House Civil War Museum located on Public Square in Carrollton.  

The photo album is being donated by the David Holmes family of Marietta, GA, many of who will be in attendance at the presentation.  The album was presented to Holmes’ great great grandmother by Daniel McCook in July 1862, exactly one year before his death.  The donation coincides with the 150th anniversary of Daniel McCook’s death at Buffington Island, OH, fighting John Hunt Morgan’s raiders.  

The inscription on the album cover reads, “To Mrs. S.C. Smoot by Her Friend and Relative Daniel McCook July 1862.” 

The album contains numerous portraits of family members, many in Civil War uniforms.  One picture shows Daniel standing alongside his treasured Henry rifle, which is on permanent display at the museum. 

A weekend celebration will be held May 17-19 with activities scheduled Saturday.   The 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry will set up a small encampment on the McCook House lawn.  A “School of the Soldier” will be held as Union soldiers recruit new members.  New recruits will go through the enlistment process, learn to march and perform drills on Public Square. 

Members of the Military Order of Loyal the Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) are scheduled to meet on the sleep porch at the McCook House at 2 p.m. On 15 April 1865, as word of President Abraham Lincoln’s death spread throughout the country, three Union Army officer friends met in Philadelphia to discuss the tragic news. Rumors from Washington of a conspiracy to destroy the Federal government by assassination of its leaders prompted the three officers to form an organization that could help thwart future threats to the national government.

A mass meeting of Philadelphia veterans was held on 20 April 1865 to pledge renewed allegiance to the Union and to plan for participation in the funeral arrangements for the President. The Philadelphia officers, who served as an honor guard for President Lincoln’s funeral cortege, met again after the funeral was over to establish a permanent organization of officers and former officers patterned after the Society of Cincinnati established after the Revolutionary War. The name they chose, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), first appeared in a notice calling a meeting on 31 May 1865 at Independence Hall.

With the eventual aging of the Original Companions, membership within MOLLUS was eventually changed to provide for Hereditary Companions; descendants of eligible officers. Many Original Companions of MOLLUS were also members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Similarly, many Hereditary Companions of MOLLUS are currently also members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the legal heir to the GAR.

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is composed of a National Commandery-in-Chief and individual state Commanderies. There are currently 18 Commanderies and one Provisional Commandery. The Ohio Commandery was created May 3, 1882.

The principal objectives of MOLLUS are to foster military and naval science, promote allegiance to the United States government, perpetuate the memory of those who fought to preserve the unity and indivisibility of the Republic and to honor the memory and promote the ideals of President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information on the Ohio Commandery of MOLLUS, visit suvcw.org/mollus/mullus.htm and search the web site index link.

The McCook House Civil War Museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 through Labor Day, then Saturdays and Sundays through the second weekend in October.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 

For more information, visit www.carrollcountyohio.com or call the McCook House Civil War museum at 330-627-3345 and leave a message.

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